The FTSE 100 Stocks Exchange explained

The FTSE 100 stocks exchange consists of data on the top 100 companies in the United Kingdom, going from their performance on the London stock exchange. The exchange is managed by the FTSE group, which is a company co-owned by the London stock exchange and the Financial Times newspaper. This is where the FTSE 100 stocks exchange gets its name, as it is an acronym of the two companies in ownership.

The FTSE 100 stocks exchange first made an appearance in 1981, and had a base value level of around 1000. The exchange currently stands somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 although the major financial crisis of 2007 saw it plummet to as low as 3,500. The FTSE 100 Stocks exchange is the most popular of the UK's indices and is used regularly to measure the growth of the economy.

The FTSE 100 stocks exhange updates around every 15-seconds, and is one of the fastest exchanges in the world. The aim is to bring the exchange as much in to real time as possible, which will mean no time delays what so ever. The FTSE share prices are heavily influenced by market capitalisation, which is basically how well businesses and other areas of the economy are doing around it. Some of the biggest shares on the FTSE 100 stocks exchange are Amstrad, Barratt Developments, British Aerospace, Cadbury and The Energy Group.

You can keep track of your shares via the internet at Reuters.com or TheFinancialTimes.com. If you do not have access to the internet, most papers will have a full running list of the shares and companies available on the FTSE 100 stocks exchange.

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